E-fFELcTr - The centers of any two cards are openly torn out creating a pair of impromptu "rings." These cardboard rings, which can be signed, are then instantly linked together! The two cards are actually seen to be connected through one another. The cards are then magically disconnected and are both immediately handed out for examination.

A new principle in penetrations enables you to perform this close-up linking ring routine under test conditions without resorting to special gimmicks, switches, or key rings.

Nl<?TE- - Unless otherwise stated, illustrations are from performer's view.

ÓTELP - T-LlE- 6E.CE.E.T APPITI¿?N -Hold the deck face down in your left hand. Push the top two cards off the right side of the deck with your left thumb. Remove these two spread cards from above with your right fingers, turning your hand palm up to display their faces as in FIG. 1.

For description's sake, we'll assume the cards to be the Jack of Spades at the face and the Jack of Hearts at the back. Under cover of showing these cards, obtain a left little-finger break below the top card of the deck. Without releasing your grip, square the Jacks face down onto the deck, adding the card above the break to the face of the Jacks. Press your left thumb onto the top card as your right fingers slide the two cards below it to the right as a single card. This double card in the right hand is used to lever the Jack remaining on top of the deck face up as in FIG. 2.

As soon as this Jack is face up, push it onto the back of the double card held in your right fingers. The deck is placed aside.

To your audience, you have simply flipped one Jack face up onto the other Jack. Your true position from the top down is: the face-up

Jack of Hearts, the face-down Jack of Spades and an extra face-down card concealed at the bottom. Square this three-card packet.

5TE.P T\V0 - TJ-lE. ftfLP - Openly fold the packet of cards in half from end-to-end so that the Jack of Hearts stays in view (FIG. 3).

cards are pressed against your left palm. This position keeps the packet squared and prevents your audience from catching a glimpse of the extra card. When you fold the packet, make sure that what was the top edge of the cards is folded slightly past the bottom edge (FIG. 4).

This slight unevenness keeps one end of the extra card hidden when the packet is later unfolded.

5TLP TJ-lE-E-E- - TllL TE.AE. - Holding the folded packet firmly in your left fingers, tear out the center of the cards starting at the left side as in FIG. 5.

Be sure to pull the center section toward you as the tear is made. This will keep the packet looking thin, even around the edge of the hole. Place the torn-out pieces as one unit onto the table, out of the way to your left. Position the folded packet onto your left fingers (FIG. 6).

Your thumb presses against the upper-left crease while the front end rests just below the first finger. This position will give you maximum control and cover for the actual "link" phase of the routine.

■5TE.P - TlJL c;LT-£LAPY - With your right thumb and forefinger, lift up the top two layers of card from the rear. As you raise this double section up, unfolding the two cards of the packet, your left thumb moves over to press against the left outer crease of the folded card (FIG. 7).

The back of your left hand is towards the audience so that at this stage they can only see the top half of the red Jack (FIG. 8).

Your position at this point, from the top down, should be: a single face-down card folded in half positioned at the lower end of the packet, the face-up Jack of Spades opened out flat and the face-down Jack of Hearts opened out flat. Make sure that the creased edges of the folded card are lined up with the creases of the cards below it.

6TEP pVE. - TtlC. 0?l\NLCTI<?N - Grasp the single Jack of Spades at the upper right corner between your right thumb and forefinger. Slowly pull this card to the right as in FIG. 9 without disturbing the folded card which is still being held in position by your left thumb.

Keep pulling this card until its inside left edge hits the inside right edge of the left-hand card. From this position slide the card down so that the left side of the upper end covers the

At this point, if you've managed to follow directions, you'll be looking at the face-up card apparently linked through the face-down card. This perfect illusion is made possible by the folded card which, due to its position, seems to be part of the face-down Jack.

As soon as the link has been accomplished, turn your left hand palm up so that your audience can share in this mystery. Notice that in FIG. 10 the left third and little fingers are pressed against the lower right edge of the double card. These fingers keep the folded card squared and hide the added thickness from your audience. You can tug on the face-up Jack and slide it back and forth to "prove" that the cards really are linked together. You can even let go of the face-up Jack once it is in a secure position. (I usually revolve the face-up card around in a complete circle while keeping the right "key" crease concealed with the moving card.)

6TE.P 6IX - TJjE. PI60?NlNL<rr - Grasp the face-up Jack at its back end with your right hand as in FIG. 11.

Revolve both hands towards each other (FIGS. 12,13).

As the two cards become parallel to each other, your hand should be turned palm down as in FIG. 14.

This twisting action automatically disconnects the two cards. Slowly pull the two cards apart, showing them separate. Direct a spectator to hold up his thumbs, placing your hand directly above them (FIG. 15).

The spectator's thumbtips should be touching your palms through the holes in the cards. Slide your hands towards yourself leaving the two cards hanging from the spectator's thumbs. Your left hand will naturally retain the folded card in a finger palm. While the spectator is examining the unlinked cards, pick up the discarded torn centers with your left hand and place them into a convenient pocket - along with the extra folded card.

CfcLLPIT6 _ Looy came up with the beautiful handling for the actual link. Before his idea it was necessary to separate the two cards first, and to then slide one card under the folded card in order to facilitate the link. Looy's handling make this linking sequence automatic.


(1) Secretly add an extra card to the face of the two sections under cover of levering the top card face up (FIG. 2).

(2) Fold the three-card packet in half so the face-up selection is on the outside. (The top half is a hair longer than the lower half FIGS. 3, 4.)

(3) Rip out the center of the cards (FIG. 5), placing the stack of three pieces as one unit off to your left.

(4) Position the folded packet on your left fingers so that your thumb is pressing against the upper left side of the cards (FIG. 6).

(5) Open the cards out flat by prying up two layers of card from the inside edge with your right fingers. Move your left thumb so that it covers the upper left crease of the folded card (FIG. 7).

(6) Pull the face-up card to the right and down so that it covers the exposed right end of the folded card (FIG. 9). Display the linked cards to your audience after locking them in position (FIG. 10).

(7) Grasp the face-up card with your right hand and twist the cards apart. Retain the folded card in your left fingers (FIGS. 11,12,13).'6 aut<?mah£ lap

Allan Ackerman, the Las Vegas Card Expert, is responsible for this invisible disconnect move that actually laps the card for you.

M^TLl^P - Your left hand, holding the two linked cards, rests naturally near the table's edge. Pinch the two cards between your right thumb and forefinger at the point where the face-up card hides the crease of the folded card (FIG. 16).

Position your hands so that the backs of your fingers are toward the audience. Insert your left thumb through the face-down card as you slide the face-up Jack up just enough to expose the right crease of the folded card as in FIG. 17.

Ignore the folded card and it will automatically fall into your lap (FIG. 18). Revolve your right hand so that the backs of its fingers are up as you tilt the cards towards yourself. Hang the Jack of Hearts over your left thumb and take the Jack of Spades between your left thumb and forefinger, hanging it over your right thumb as in FIG 19.

Hand the two separate cards out to your audience for examination. Dispose of the lapped card at your convenience.

isli^TE- ~ The sides of both hands remain on the table during the above sequence.

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